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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a grant of more than $1.8 million to the City of Warwick, R.I., so the city can purchase and protect Rocky Point Park. NOAA is an agency of the Department of Commerce.

This acquisition will be made for Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) as part of the Coastal Management Program. The CRMC is an environmental regulatory and management agency responsible for the preservation, protection, development and where possible restoration of the coastal areas of the state.

“We are constantly working to improve the understanding of our environment and to strengthen local initiatives like Rhode Island’s Coastal Management Program,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “These grants allow states to manage their coastal resources while actively supporting efforts that reinforce NOAA and the Bush Administration’s commitment to the environment.”

NOAA’s Coastal Management Program is a federal-state partnership dedicated to comprehensive management of the nation’s coastal resources, ensuring their protection for future generations while balancing competing national economic, cultural and environmental interests. The Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP) is authorized by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 and administered at the federal level by the Coastal Programs Division (CPD) within NOAA.

So far this year, NOAA has awarded more than 475 grants totaling $204.2 million to members of the academic, scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission to study the Earth’s natural systems in order to predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life and property, and provide decision makers with reliable scientific information. NOAA goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for 33 years.

The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. To learn more about NOAA, please visit